5/07 in Yankee History
The red-letter day –
Meusel becomes the first Yankee to hit for the cycle. He connects for a
2-run third inning home run off Walter Johnson, and his triple with 2 on
beats the Senators 6-5 in the 9th. Babe Ruth strikes out 3 times
against Johnson‚ then poles a homer in the 8th that lands in a tree
outside of right field. Former President Woodrow Wilson is on hand for the action in Washington.
On other 7ths of May…
2009: At the Stadium, Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers off Mariano Rivera in a 9th inning that began with the teams tied 6-6. The Yanks
were behind early, but came back to level the match on Johnny Damon’s two-run double and two-run home run, A rare Mariano meltdown makes it all for naught, though.
The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000th win
as Yankee manager. He is the fourth man in the job to reach the level,
joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.
The first-place Yankees score 8 runs in the 6th inning to beat the
hapless Tigers‚ 12-5. Paul O’Neill goes 2-for-3 to raise his average to
.384‚ and Ruben Sierra drives home 4 runs. After the game‚ the Yankee
players learn that clubhouse leader David Cone has an aneurysm in the
front of his right shoulder that will require surgery on May 10th. Cone
has been experiencing numbness in his pitching hand as a result.
1970: Roy White homers from both sides of the plate in a 7-3 Yankee win over Oakland.
With the Yankees off to a 4-16 start, General Manager Ralph Houk fires
Johnny Keane and reinstalls himself in the dugout. New York will win 13
of the next 17 under Houk.
The Los Angeles Coliseum is jammed by 93‚103 on “Roy Campanella Night”
for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. This is the
largest crowd in ML history. The Yanks win 6-2.
As the Yankees take the Indians in Cleveland, Gil McDougald hits a
wicked line-drive in the 1st inning that strikes the Tribe’s Herb Score
in the right eye. Score‚ with a broken nose and lacerations‚ is carried
off the field on a stretcher. Bob Lemon relieves and wins the game‚ 2-1.
Score will return the following year, but his mechanics will never be
Powered by Elston Howard’s first Major League homer‚ and Mickey
Mantle’s tie breaker to straightaway center in the 8th‚ the visiting
Yanks move past the Red Sox 9-6. The Yanks spot Boston a 5-0 lead before
roaring back with three in the 9th.
At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra go ‘back to back and belly
to belly’ in the 7th to pin a 2-0 loss on the A’s Morrie Martin.
1939: Joe Gordon smacks two homers and Red Rolfe one to pace the Yankees to a 15-4 hosing of the White Sox.
Red Ruffing once again finds himself sitting on a cushion – in his last start, the Yanks scored 22 against Detroit.
southpaw (and birthday boy) Tom Zachary wins a 6-5 game in relief at St. Louis‚ the first
of his 12 victories without a loss for the year‚ a ML record. No pitcher
will win more games in a season without losing one. His batterymate‚
rookie Bill Dickey‚ helps out with his first major league homer‚ off
At Comiskey Park‚ Lou Gehrig christens the new right field pavilion by
parking a 9th inning grand slam there‚ off Ted Lyons. It is the 1st
homer in the remodeled park. The Yankees coast to an 8-0 win behind Herb
At the Polo Grounds, the Yankees pound the Red Sox‚ 10-3‚ scoring all
of their runs in the 4th inning. Sixteen Yanks come to the plate in the
frame. Ray Caldwell gets the win for the home side
New York’s Ray Keating tosses a one-hitter against the Tigers‚ allowing
just a 2nd inning single to Chas Deal. Ty Cobb strikes out his first
two times up‚ then calls it quits for the day. The Yankees win 6-0.
During the Highlanders’ 7-2 win over visiting Washington‚ home plate umpire Tim
Hurst punches New York manager Clark Griffith in the mouth after
Griffith accidentally steps on his shoe during a 10-minute argument
following a close play in the 5th inning. Griffith is tossed today but
Hurst will be suspended for 5 days.
At the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the New York and Boston AL
franchises play each other for the first time. Lewis ‘Snake’ Wiltse gets
the ball for the Highlanders, while Bill Dineen gets the start for the
future Red Sox, currently known as the Americans. Boston win 6-2 in 1
hour 38 minutes.